Henry Francis Hayes

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Henry Francis Hayes (November 10, 1954 - June 6, 1997) was an American white supremacist and Ku Klux Klan member responsible for lynching a 19-year old named Michael Donald in 1981. He was a member of the United Klans of America, the largest Klan group at the time.

He and fellow KKK Member, James Knowles, were sentenced in the Alabama Supreme Court. Hayes was sentenced to death and was executed on June 6, 1997. Donald had been beaten with a tree limb and was hung on a tree, Hayes then strangled him on the throat. Even though many white citizens of Alabama wanted him to get a very small sentence, Governor Fob James refused and executed him immediately. He was also in fact the first KKK Member to be executed in nearly 100 years. He was executed by an electric chair.